December 08, 2005

BlogBuilder update

Follow-up to Modifying image tags from Blogbuilder news

A new version of BlogBuilder was released and deployed this morning, with the following changes and improvements:

  • You can now access your blog in any case – so, for example, you've been forced to give out your blog name in lowercase in the past ( but now you can give it out in any arrangement (, and it should work
  • When you click on the "Create entry" hyperlink directly it should take you to a screen that allows you to select from the full range of options for creating an entry. This is mainly for users who don't have JavaScript browsers and so cannot see the dropdown
  • There has been a minor tweak where you can still access the dropdown box even when you increase the text size
  • You can now tab out of the "Tags" field on the edit entry page, and you should also now see multi-word (with underscore) tags in the suggestions
  • The "Edit tags" screen (see previous entry) now includes tags from images.
  • You can now select as many tags to see on the sidebar as you want (from Admin -> Appearance)
  • Users who aren't logged in have to answer the anti-spam question to send emails to you through your blog

And an update on the problems we've been having with Favourites – we still haven't worked out what the problem is, but we're working on it. It seems to have occurred since we upgraded BlogBuilder to use Java 5 and the latest version of JBoss, which doesn't explain why this is happening, sorry.

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  1. "and it should work"

    You need to have more confidence in your code :-)

    I am sure it will be perfect!

    08 Dec 2005, 10:24

  2. Mathew Mannion

    Considering what happened the last time I did a deploy when working here (comments broke, "null" tags everywhere, Tag admin screen completely borked) I'm taking this one with a bit more caution :)

    08 Dec 2005, 10:27

  3. People involved in IT never use 'wiil' they always use 'should'. It's ingrained in them.

    08 Dec 2005, 11:07

  4. Mathew Mannion

    I always used to use 'will'... but I still have horrible nightmares from arriving home and having 5–6 MSN messages (rdesktop, whee) from Chris and Kieran saying I was some kind of satanic fool or something :)

    08 Dec 2005, 11:14

  5. Robert O'Toole

    Thanks for that. You can now see 50 of my academic tags displayed on my blog. Very useful.

    Multi-word tags also great.

    08 Dec 2005, 13:36

  6. the dropdown menu only actually needs javascript in IE. In Firefox, Opera and Safari the menu works fine with javascript disabled

    08 Dec 2005, 14:55

  7. being able to tab out of the tag box is great, but is there a way you can make it so that it tabs into the entry box? otherwise I have to go through all the tags etc.

    09 Dec 2005, 23:40

  8. Oh and while I think of it, being able to make your posts 'sticky' would be great, I know its not a normal blog thing, but we have no way to add something to the main page of our blogs (and keep it there).

    10 Dec 2005, 01:09

  9. Congrats on the update, stirling work as ever!

    This is a niggle of mine, and probably unstoppable, but can anything be done about image leeching? A few blogs consistently post images across from hosting that isn't their own and I know if it was me I'd be pretty annoyed.

    Keep rocking the blogging.

    12 Dec 2005, 20:12

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